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IAmTheOneWhoKnocks

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So l recently purchased the Saddle Brown Leather loop and it just came in today. I opted for the large band which I need to return since it is too big. Just unsure if I should exchange it for the medium leather loop or order the new leather link? My local Apple store is closed as of now so I won’t be able to see it in person. Also, I know no one has had their hands on a leather link yet so it’s hard to say.
 

Mr. Awesome

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The Leather Link looks like it has more vibrant colors, and I like the mechanism better, as it just magnetically attaches and you can pull it off your wrist without sliding it over your hand. I do think it looks cheaper than the Leather Loop, though.
 
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paultopia

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I have a couple of the leather loops, which are great---and honestly, I'm a little bit skeptical of whether the leather link will stay on one's wrist. But I ordered one with my S6, and if it feels unstable, then I'll be bummed and go back to the loops.
 

BLBL

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I’m trying to make up my mind between leather loop or leather link.
Would loop offer better protection against accidental fell off if using with tight cuffs or similar that might pull of the watch? Is loop magnets so strong that watch cannot be pulled off the wrist completely with even some force?

Also does leather have good color fastness so that it does not transfer color to your wrist if it gets a bit moist or rub off against table or similar leaving color transfer? I find often these days with leather products that color tend to rub off rather easily, so hoping these Apple watch leather bands would be better in this regard? I will go with the black one likely, or maybe brown.

My wrist is about 170mm so which size would be better fit for the new AW6 44mm?
Currently I have AW3 and using shorter sport band with usually second (sometimes third) hole from the bottom.
 

perezr10

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I think the leather loop looks more attractive. I don’t like the blister-pack look of the new leather link. It also has an unnatural sheen which looks more like plastic. To other people, it looks more like a sport band.

However, I think the new link band is more practical and easier to put on. My guess is that Apple changed the attachment method for the sake of people with thicker hands. The leather loop can be a little tricky to slide on your wrist if you’re a bigger person.
 

George Dawes

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I’ve got the leather magnetic link , it’s brilliant

So much easier to use than any other strap I’ve tried
 

BLBL

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I think the leather loop looks more attractive. I don’t like the blister-pack look of the new leather link. It also has an unnatural sheen which looks more like plastic. To other people, it looks more like a sport band.

However, I think the new link band is more practical and easier to put on. My guess is that Apple changed the attachment method for the sake of people with thicker hands. The leather loop can be a little tricky to slide on your wrist if you’re a bigger person.
I agree link would be much easier to use but I can't help thinking it would also release accidently more easily. I tend to get my regular band often stuck in cuffs and I find it hard to believe link would hold in those cases.
Not sure loop is as secure as regular bands are (I mean those with a pin in a hole type of lock) but I think loop gives some added security for that compared to link.

My wrist is around 170mm and I ordered medium sized loop. I was hoping it would be long enough to be able to remove and put on without opening the loop every time. Should I have ordered long to make sure? I was just worried it would be too long and stupid looking while wearing it.

Anyone had any issues with leather loop or link bleeding color, like staining clothes or wrists?
 

firedept

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I have both the link and loop. I like both of them. I do find the link to be softer and better fitting on my wrist. As I said though I do like them both.
 

BLBL

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Is there much difference how easily they can drop accidently? Any problems with color rubbing off or staining clothes?
 

paultopia

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Is there much difference how easily they can drop accidently? Any problems with color rubbing off or staining clothes?

I actually do think that dropping accidentally is a serious risk with the links. I have a bunch of loops and one of the new links. I've never had any problem with the loops in terms of coming off, they barely loosen at all over the course of an entire day's wear. By contrast with the link, probably every couple of hours if I'm active at all (and I'm talking walking around and typing, not, like, the gym) I end up adjusting the band to tighten it up.

There are some things that I just wouldn't wear the link for---for example, I would be very reluctant to take it on a long bike ride for fear that it would just slip off my wrist somewhere and I wouldn't notice. Ditto with a trip on a crowded subway or something (after COVID obviously).
 

bluespark

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I prefer the leather loop and have three of them. They are by far my favorite Apple Watch bands and they really elevate the look, in my opinion. I've never had any issues with colorfastness -- they are well made.

As others have said, though, it's a matter of individual preference. Go for the one you think you will like best and assume they all work well.
 
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BLBL

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I actually do think that dropping accidentally is a serious risk with the links. I have a bunch of loops and one of the new links. I've never had any problem with the loops in terms of coming off, they barely loosen at all over the course of an entire day's wear. By contrast with the link, probably every couple of hours if I'm active at all (and I'm talking walking around and typing, not, like, the gym) I end up adjusting the band to tighten it up.
Sounds like I made the right choice because I was worried about accidental drops with link.


I’ve never had my blue loop bleed it’s color. I wouldn’t be surprised if some 3rd party options did, but not Apples leather bands.

I prefer the leather loop and have three of them. They are by far my favorite Apple Watch bands and they really elevate the look, in my opinion. I've never had any issues with colorfastness -- they are well made.
Thanks for confirming they have good colorfastness! I was expecting that as I haven't had any issues with other Apple leather products with that so far, but never had something against my skin for that long as watch band will be.
I was just worried because many leather garments sold these days have very poor colorfastness. Just last summer I returned leather jacket due to color bleeding that would have stained everything it rubbed against and also had many leather belts with terrible bleeding. Almost like they were colored with shoe polish... And all these were from known quality brands. But glad to hear Apple is not following that route yet.
 
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